Bruce Springsteen has added his flair to a hit track by The Killers, reimagining the band’s “A Dustland Fairytale” off their Day & Age LP.
The Boss and The Killers shared the new version – called “Dustland” – on June 16 via The Today Show.
Recalled frontman Brandon Flowers of the collaboration, ““I start getting some texts from a number I don’t have marked in my phone. ‘Watching Glastonbury. You guys have become one hellacious live band my brother! Love the gold suit! We gotta do Dustland one day.’ Signed off with: ‘Bruce.’”
Indeed, the new version is full-tilt stadium rock, bolstered by Springsteen’s emotive Americana voice and a sweeping string section.
Added Flowers, “Before I really became a fan of [Bruce], I was in the business of stadium-size everything. Larger than life EVERYTHING. Certainly larger than the lives of Jeannie and Terry Flowers. But Bruce has written a lot about people like my parents and found a whole lot of beauty in otherwise invisible people’s hopes and dreams. Their struggles, and their losses… I’m grateful to him for opening this door for me. I’m grateful to my parents for their example to me. Now go find something new out about your dad, give your mom a big hug, and for god’s sake listen to Bruce Springsteen.”
In related news, Springsteen recently revealed he would reprise his hit Broadway storytelling show for a limited run this summer.
Watch the two acts collaborate on “Dustland” below: